Education Resources

Below are additional research and resources that we have compiled for anyone interested in education, arts education, universal design for teaching and learning, and more. Some of these resources have directly influenced our approach to curriculum and teaching practice.

Please note: these links, authors, and publications are NOT affiliated with or endorsed by Upstream Arts. We cannot be held responsible for the contents of any externally linked pages. To peruse our own publications and research data, click here.

Additional resources also can be found on our Arts, Disability, and Learning page. If you are a teacher or staff member interested in bringing Upstream Arts to your school, please also visit our Grants Resources page for tips and templates that can help with securing funding.



“The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation” (PDF)
A Literature Review and Gap Analysis (2000-2015), National Endowment for the Arts

“Project SUCCESS finds that academics and ‘soft skills’ are not an either/or”
by Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, 2014

“Full STEAM Ahead: Schools Add Art to STEM Curricula”
by Mackenzie Ryan, Christian Science Monitor, 2014

“Teaching Children to Calm Themselves”
by David Bornstein, The New York Times, 2014

“Schools that Separate the Trauma from the Child”
by David Bornstein, The New York Times, 2013

“Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment”
by Daniel H. Bowen, Jay P. Greene, and Brian Kisida, Educational Researcher, 2013

“Top Ten Skills Children Learn from the Arts”
by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, 2013

“Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?” 
by Jennifer Kahn, The New York Times, 2013

“Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor” (PDF)
Statement by a coalition of 15+ national organizations, 2013

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Education, 2006

“Universal design for learning: A statewide improvement model for academic success”
by Michael Abell and Preston Lewis, Information Technology and Disabilities, 2005



The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World
by Lisa Phillips, 2012

New Directions in Special Education: Eliminating Ableism in Policy and Practice
by Thomas Hehir, 2005



The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
Arts Education Partnership
Association of Teaching Artists – Disability resources
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Families & Advocates Partners for Education
MPS Arts
National Art Education Association
National Association of Special Education Teachers
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
National Guild on Community Arts Education
Special Education Department, Minneapolis Public Schools
Urban Arts Partnership